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Friday, February 28th, 2009
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It's a bit of an emotional ride, this piece of art. It's something I thought of ordering while Erik was away from boot camp in San Diego. No, not this piece but something quite similar. Only after he was back home from his tour of duty did I indulge myself, and bought one like I'd seen while he was away.. It has brought me courage sometimes, tears other times. The ups and downs emotions of a mom of a United States Marine. Pride...Fear and Patriotism. It's a music box. One that shows the Eagle Globe and Anchor of the USMC emblem atop a staffed Old Glory. When I think of what he went through for the first 8 weeks I am in awe of his stamina. When I listen to the music, tears well. Not only from the pride I feel of his accomplishing a dream of his, but for the sacrifices we as parents deal with during the time our children go off to war and are put in harm's way 24/7.

The reverse side shows you the sound construction of the art work and the golden finishing touches along with the distinct stars which are indented a bit for depth. The colors don't bleed....they are true Red, White and Blue. Around the base there are several pieces of ceramic tiles. The one on the back side has two simple words. SEMPER FIDELIS. The USMC motto.

The Eagle, Globe and Anchor lifts off. To reveal the wind key for the mechanism to play the music. And of course, the music is the United States Marines' all actuality, the title is the Marine's Hymn.

The other ceramic tiles around the base state COMMITTMENT [devotion to my Corps and fellow Marines], COURAGE [Do the right thing, in the right way, for the right reasons], and HONOR [integrity, responsibility, and accountability]. It's an original by Ardleigh Elliott, copyrighted in 2001. Numbered 2518 out of 5000 made.

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A masqueraded glance
set off a quivering passion.
So beguiled was he,
he approached the flaxen-haired enchantress
and asked for that dance.
They, as one, promenaded
the hours away through the night,
fell in love before the dawn.
Only to be entranced forever;
the glimmer of life together...
the finale from
her first blue-eyed glance.


  1. What a wonderful piece of workmanship, and a wonderful tribute to your son and the thousands who patriotically fought for peace.
    Thank you for sharing this.

    Love Granny

  2. Anni its beautiful. I know I would get that mix of emotions should any of my children choose to join the armed forces. My Love was a Navy man.

  3. Just beautiful. I have never seen such an item. My son had never served in an army first because he has double nationality (german/italian) and then he is against all military service.

  4. Thanks for sharing your heart, love you.

  5. Anni, Anni, Anni....WOW!!!!
    This one is my fave so far..
    What an awesome piece of work.
    Thanks for sharing....G

  6. Oh what a beautiful tribute to a brave young man! Interesting thing, my school motto was Semper Fidelis - always faithful!
    Thank you for sharing this treasure with us! And thanks for popping in on my side! Have a fabulous week-end!

  7. Anonymous2/27/2009


    I am a military wife of 23 years...

    Nicely Done!!!

    Just A Gal...

  8. The patriotic piece is nice. We were a milatary family. My son was in the Marine corp. and did two tours in Irac. He's out now. I was in the Army back in the 1980's, My son-in-law was in the Navy, & my step father was a pilot in the airforce.
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. wow, what a stunning 55!!! i'm in awe. you are GOOD!!!!!!!

    and parenthood? if i'd read the manual beforehand, i'm not so sure i'd have had one... just kidding. but the joys and the pains are just to intense when it come to one's offsprings...

    have a fabulous weekend anni!

  10. Very nice piece.I enjoyed you sharing that. And thank you for your son's service to our country. The military does not get the credit it deserves.

  11. Please thank your son for my freedom. You should be quite proud of his sacrifice. Thanks for sharing. Happy Show and Tell Friday!

  12. That is beautiful - my dad was in the Navy and is incredibly patriotic. He would love something like that.

    I have a nephew at West Point - what an amazing kid. I should write about him sometime. He is going home to Oklahoma for his spring break to run 100 miles for fallen servicemen. He's challenging others to join him.

  13. truly, it's not just the soldiers who make the sacrifice...

  14. What a beautiful tribute to your son and from the heart of a mother. God Bless all who serve and their families for their great sacrifice. Hugs, Marty

  15. This is one beautiful music box,I clicked and got a closer look at the details absolutely gorgeous !!! But more important the wonderful tribute to your son, very touching!!! I have the highest honor and respect for our military men and women,after all i am a former military brat!!! my father retired U.S. ARMY!!!!

    Thank you for stopping by for a visit, and your kind words.

  16. Very pretty Anni. I love that it is a music box and how special to represent your son!

  17. Very moving Anni! Reminds us all of how serious this is and who all is involved....

  18. What a moving, lovely piece. I can understand the emotional connection to it and hopefully it will go to your son someday and he will treasure it as you do.

  19. Oh, Annie, I could feel the emotions of your heart! Thank you for sharing your heart felt story, with this piece. I know you cherish this.

  20. Beautiful post, my husbands uncle had to go to Irac & that was a very trying time for his aunt, thanks for stopping by, your son is in our prayers

  21. Anonymous2/27/2009

    What a beautiful piece and such a beautiful story. It brought tears to my eyes. I am so proud to have men like your son fighting for our freedom.

    This post will be in my mind for a long time. Thank you Annie.

  22. That was just beautiful as well as a great 55!

  23. How beautiful, patriotic, and touching!!! My husband was a Marine for 10 years!!! Bless you.

  24. What a wonderful post Annie,it keeps us in mind of all the young men and women who are keeping us safe,and the heart ache and yes pride those parents have for their children.Wonderful tribute to your son.

  25. It is a very beautiful piece and a wonderful post, Anni!

    P.S. I ♥ the dragonflies in your header!!!

  26. Such a nice treasure and story behind it. Please thank your son for his service to our country.

  27. Wow, Anni, do we have a lot in common! Not only the Nebraska heritage, but as the wife and DIL of Marines, I totally share your pride and concern for these courageous warriors who defend our country! Semper Fi!

  28. Anni,

    This piece is magnificent. The artistic talent shines through. I'm sure you are PROUD of this piece and well you should be. It is a treasure.

    Your son did you proud and he is also one of the heroes, who stands with patriotism and love for his country.

    Enjoyed your Show & Tell this week. Hope you and Bud have a fabulous weekend. A cold front has moved in here, so once more I'm going into hibernation. LOL


  29. What a wonderful piece to show and tell. I'd like to thank your son for his patriotism!

    God Bless you all!

  30. It's really a nice piece of true art. And I understand how much proud you must be! Thanks for sharing.

  31. What a wonderful and heartfelt show & tell. Thanks for sharing it with us.


  32. Anni
    Thank you for sharing this about your son,who made you proud as he with patriotism and love for his country joint, and I can understand your fear and pride while he did it.But we cannot create experience. WE must undergo it.
    Which reeminds me of and old saying=
    "You don't raise heros, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons,
    they'll turn out to be heros
    even if it's just in your own eyes"

    The musicbox is a very very beautiful memorie, of the time Eric was away, doing his duty for your beautiful Country
    With much love (and respct for your son)

  33. Amazing 55! So well written.

  34. Such a fantastic detailed description of a meaningful piece of art. I am sure your emotional rollercoaster must be a wild one.

  35. Oh, wow. This is really a special piece and such a great post. Really enjoyed visiting!

  36. Well...the second week is as awesome as the first. Looking forward to more
    of your amazing writing. :)

    Come visit my second week Anni, on Passionate Fiction

  37. That is a beautiful music box, Anni, and a wonderful tribute to your son. I know you must be so proud of him.

    Leaving tomorrow for South America. We are excited about the trip. Will see you when we get back around the middle of March.

  38. Anni that was simply magnificent... I loved the piece and the tribute to your son...


  39. That is very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  40. Very emotional daughter was in the Air Force...I know the mixed emotions a mother of a child in the military feels...
    Please thank your son for serving Our Country.


  41. thanks for sharing this emotionally post...mums are sometimes the greatest in this world...kisses from germany barbara

  42. Beautiful treasure and post Annie!
    Thank you for always stopping by my blog and for always leaving such wonderful comments..Please Thank Your Son for me for his service to our wonderful country. As the wife and daughter of military men I completely understand your pride in him and what he sacrificed for all of us.
    God Bless!

  43. Thank you for sharing your special music box. It's a beautiful treasure. And thank you for your son's service.

  44. This piece is very nice and I understand you like it.
    You must be very proud of having a marine. I always hear good things about them.


  45. What a lovely piece! Big thank you to your son for serving my country! And his mama for raising him to do so:)

  46. That is such a great music box!! Rightly so for you to be a proud mom of a Marine! Tell him thank you for defending our country!

    Thanks for sharing with us.


  47. i got confuzzled as to where to comment on your 55 lol that was beautiful...nice to see one about love :)

  48. Anonymous2/28/2009

    What a beautiful tribute to your son and the Marine Corps. The music box is beautiful. I have always loved the Marine song.

  49. I can feel your incredible love for your son and your deep pride for who he has become! Bless you for your sacrifices, and Bless your son for his sacrifices to keep us safe! Prayers and hugs always!

    There is always room in The Shadow of the Cross. Feel free to visit anytime :O).

  50. A very special show and tell of a meaningful treasure!